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Old 09-30-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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possibly a new jeep owner here

well like the title says, i'm thinking about buying a jeep

i would like your guys's advice on what kind of jeep i should i get. (and ways to customize it)
I live up in Michigan where there's a lot of snow, i will not be doing the major rock climbing with this vehicle like i know a lot of you do. just some muddy/snowy 2 tracking for the most part and driving on the street. i was looking somewhere around year 2003-2007, was also wondering if there were any cons into getting an automatic, or if you guys think i should go with a manual (i can drive both). thank you in advance for any advice you can give me, im not to familiar with vehicles yet so if you could also dumb it down for me i'd appreciat it. thank you

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:57 AM   #2
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My vote goes for the 2004-2006 jeep wrangler unlimited (LJ). As for auto or manual that is up to you. My LJ is auto and I love it. Don't let anyone tell you it's not a real jeep if its auto. That's crap. Best of luck to you. Let us know what you end up getting.

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Old 09-30-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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My vote goes for the 2004-2006 jeep wrangler unlimited (LJ). As for auto or manual that is up to you. My LJ is auto and I love it. Don't let anyone tell you it's not a real jeep if its auto. That's crap. Best of luck to you. Let us know what you end up getting.
Agreed. My previous jeep was a yj , 5 speed manual, 4cyl. I now own a 06 LJ , auto, i6 and the difference is night and day really. Sounds like you will be doing limited offloading and I promise you will love the extra room and ride of the LJ. And if you learn proper offroad driving techniques the extra length is seldom an issue. Test drive all you can and go with what you like ! Any jeep is better than no jeep
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:22 AM   #4
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The only bad thing about an automatic. Is everyone can drive one. Had an auto in my last jeep. Alot of people wanted to drive it..no. no. No. No....love my 6 speed. Kids and wife wont drive it ..just my two cents....
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:04 PM   #5
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thanks for the advice so far, is there really a big difference between the LJ and your normal jeep? it looks like you only have a little bit of extra room with the lj, i think i would have to see a comparison side by side to really judge. how easy is it to install a soft top with one person? i know i'd need at least 2 for a hard top. also i was wondering if somebody could explain the differences between unlimited, sport, rubicon, and X for me. i am extremely confused with them, what ive been able to gather is the rubicon is already set up for off roading, and the sport just looks cool and has better tires. but i figure i might as well get the cheap stock model so i can upgrade any of the parts that i want.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:50 PM   #6
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I dont know as far as inches but there is a major difference in cargo space behind the seat and seems bigger for the rear passengers as well. If you have little ones or haul people the LJ has more room and smoother (realitive) ride. I chose the LJ because I drive 2000k + miles a month in mine for work and haul equipment in it on occasion and wanted the features. It is nice not having to fold or remove the back seat to haul a couple bags of groceries or small loads. If your going to build the rig up i wouldn't get a rubi, just going to upgrade most of it anyway and it would be a waste. Let me ask, what do you want out of your jeep? What are your plans for it and how will it be used?
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:52 PM   #7
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Oh, and I can take the soft top down in about 10 minutes or so by myself. It isn't bad after you do it a few times and learn the tricks
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:07 PM   #8
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I have the 2006 LJ Rubicon. I love it. Comes stock with front and rear Dana44 axels and lockers unlike the sport model which only has one Dana44 axel. The Rubicon also comes stock with 31s which is nice. If your looking to upgrade the Rubicon is a great place to start. You can't go wrong with the LJ. They are hard to find but once you get one you will fall in love with it as I have. Your best bet is to test drive one and go from there. You will not be disappointed. Hope that helps.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:55 AM   #9
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for the most part i'll be using it as a daily driver and 2 tracking, maybe a little bit of mudding, i'll have to check out these LJ's, seems like everyone has recommended one so far.

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